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Awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award, Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa helps define the dining scene in downtown Highlands. The talented culinary team hand crafts each dish with farm-to-table, sustainably-grown ingredients to bring out the most abundant flavors nature has to offer.

A Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant since 2005 with “Best of“ awards since 2008, Madison's wine list features an expansive selection from an extensive wine cellar. Madison’s sommelier helps with selections. The Private Wine Cellar offers an intimate dining setting for up to 12 guests.

Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden is open for breakfast (for in-house guests only), lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are suggested for lunch and dinner. The Wine Garden is open in the warmer months. All major credit cards are accepted.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Southern, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily for in-house guests only 7 - 10 am
Lunch Daily 11:30 am - 2 pm
Dinner Daily 6 - 9 pm
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Phone number
(828) 787-2525
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Huerta
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Private party facilities
The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 8 to 12 guests. The Wine Room is our actual wine cellar and has an old world charm where you will dine by candlelight in this elegant venue surrounded by some of the world’s best vintages. The Wine Room is a special experience and comes with a handcrafted menu prepared especially for you by our Chef. We offer the chance to design your own perfect culinary experience with our chef. This Wine Room creates the perfect opportunity to share an evening with friends and family that you will remember forever. For reservations please contact us.
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Private party contact
Group Sales: (828) 787-2525
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Overseeing the culinary program at Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden, as well as the Rooftop Terrace, Spa Cafe, Pool Cabana and catering, is executive Chef Chris Huerta. Huerta says, “The constant research of selecting the finest products in the region, as well as globally, has become my ultimate passion. To nurture, develop and create sustainable, healthy cuisine that is uncompromising and environmentally responsible continues to be the essence of my culinary philosophy."
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Cross street
4th Street
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Live music in the Hummingbird Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.
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Escape to the Four-Season mountain town of Highlands nestled in the Western North Carolina Mountains for enchanting destination weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, family events, corporate events or any special occasion.

With multiple event venues, the Old Edwards full-service professional event staff will help ensure a smooth, flowing, fairytale event. You’ll just feel the memories being made, as you, your family and your friends join together in authentic surroundings where magical moments emerge from every experience.

The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 8 to 12 guests. The Wine Room is our actual wine cellar and has an old world charm where you will dine by candlelight in this elegant venue surrounded by some of the world’s best vintages. This Wine Room creates the perfect opportunity to share an evening with friends and family that you will remember forever.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 777 People Are Saying
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KThomas (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Service was great. Entree was just OK. Everything else was great. One of the prettiest restaurants I have ever seen. We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Amazing experience!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous lunch❗️

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Wonderful experience for my husbands birthday celebration.

Mary (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Madison's. We will definitely return the next time we're in Highlands. Thanks so much for the wonderful and memorable experience!

emergdoc (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our third visit to Madison's. Always a wonderful experience!

vipNibbles (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I really wanted to give a five star review and on several levels it hit the mark. The service and atmosphere were as good as it gets and we were made to feel quite special while we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, while the food was good, it was not up to the same degree of excellence matching the service and charm of the setting. Old Edwards Inn captures it so well on so many fronts with their intuitive attention to detail and exacting standards which is what prompted me to share this feedback. The extraordinary specialness that typically laces everything OEI touches was missing with the food, especially our entrees. Being longtime OEI guests enjoying twenty plus stays at the inn, regular indulgences in their world class spa and meals shared with friends and family at their different dining venues, they have set our high expectations. Unfortunately on this occasion, our much anticipated celebratory meal left us underwhelmed.

vipthekellys5 (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We had a lovely dinner at Madison's. My trout with beets and bok choy was delicious and my husband was very impressed with his ribeye. Pete was our server and was friendly and just the right amount of attentiveness.
The restaurant is just beautiful. They have an extensive wine list and full bar. The sommelier stopped by our table, also, to offer any help with the wine list we might need.

The next morning we had breakfast at Madison's and it was really good. I loved the french toast and the coffee was very good. We were seated by the windows, so we had a nice view out onto the sunny wine garden.
We would go back to Madison's again when in Highlands.

NeilB (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Everyone at Madison’s was there to insure that out meal was as good as it could be. The food and care that goes into the food is amazing.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service from walking in until we left. Very pleasant and helpful staff. We will definitely be visiting again.

vipIMaketheCake (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic experience.

Mtncoyote (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Always a pleasure to have a meal at Madison's. Great atmosphere, good food selection; items always prepared with utmost care. Attentive service, good variety of items for all tastes, good value. One of our favorite restaurants in Highlands (a Town that has many top notch restaurants(.

vipHola (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Madison's is probably the best restaurant in Highlands, ingredients are freshly selected and not drenched in sauce. The room is very elegant and comfortable, the service was probably the best part. Amiable and always professional. Make sure to book in advance, it's almost impossible to go there spontaneously.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was outstanding. Everything we ordered was delicious. The servers were attentive and the atmosphere is elegant but being in a mountain town it was fine to be casual. I will definitely come back to Madison's next time we are in Highlands.

Wilson (Western NC)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

We expected a high quality experience at the famous Old Edwards Inn to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were very disappointed. We each ordered the ribeye dinner and shared a salad. The salad was good, and service was very good. The steak was cooked to our requests, but was the worst steak I can remember from a good restaurant. It was thin, and about 50% was fat and grizzle, hard to cut, and heavily salted. A real disappointment. We also ordered a "triple chocolate mousse plate" for dessert. It consisted of two chocolate candy size pieces, two small (1") broken pieces of chocolate cake, and two Pepperidge Farms cookies and one small spoonful of mousse for $13. They did write Happy Birthday with chocolate sauce on the plate.
They asked how we liked our dinner and we told them. They offered us a free meal the next evening, but we were leaving town the next day. So they comped us for two glasses of wine and our dessert. Unfortunately it was a low point of an otherwise nice visit to Highlands.